NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Philadelphia
(Saturday, April 1st)
Final Score: New Jersey 4, Philadelphia 1
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Martin Brodeur stopped 33 of 34 shots to pick up his 438th win and move into fourth place all-time as the New Jersey Devils beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-1, at the Wachovia Center.
John Madden scored his 100th career-goal and Scott Gomez, Jason Wiemer and Sergei Brylin tallied the other goals for the Devils, who are tied with Montreal for the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race and are just five points behind Philadelphia for the fifth position.
Simon Gagne netted his 42nd goal of the season and Antero Niittymaki stopped 27 shots for the Flyers, who have lost back-to-back games. Peter Forsberg and Mike Knuble each had an assist in the contest, the first of back-to-back games for Philadelphia, which will play the New York Islanders on Sunday.
New Jersey jumped in front nearly 4 1/2 minutes into the game off a 3-on-1 rush score from Madden. The forward grabbed the rebound off Brodeur's stick and began the odd-man rush. Madden skated down the middle of the ice and fed a pass to Grant Marshall, who faked the shot and drew out Niittymaki, then gave the disc back to Madden, who put the puck into the open net.
The Devils doubled their lead with 5:53 remaining in the second period as Gomez' wrist shot was deflected off Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher through Niittymaki's five hole.
Wiemer took a drop pass from Brian Gionta in the left circle and tallied a goal 1:20 later to up the score to 3-0.
Gagne put the Flyers on the board with a wrap around power-play goal at the 3:44 mark of the third period, but Philadelphia couldn't get any closer.
With 3:42 to play New Jersey gained its three goal advantage back as Elias ripped a shot and Brylin put in a rebound to push the score 4-1.
Brodeur is the only player in NHL history with nine straight 35-win seasons. No other netminder has more than three straight....Gionta extended his point streak to a career-high seven games...Madden has a goal in each of the last three games...The Flyers had won the last five meetings at the Wachovia Center...Knuble tied a career-high for points (59) and assists (29)...The Devils have won three straight for the first time since a season-high nine- game winning stretch January 3-21. New Jersey also won consecutive regulation wins for the first time since February 1-3...Flyers forward Petr Nedved left the game with a right groin strain...Forsberg has a six-game point streak...The Flyers are 2-for-25 on the power play against New Jersey this season with two games to play (April 13 and 16).
04/01 22:11:47 ET